Here are a few packing tips I’ve picked up from years of trial and error. Okay, some are no-brainers, and a few could make your trip much more enjoyable.
Pack Light, and Wear Your Heavy Items
If you’re a smart traveler and only use a carry-on bag, be sure to wear the bulkier items like a coat and boots, so they don’t take up space in your suitcase. If you check-in your baggage, and you are over the limit, don’t pay $50. Just suit up with the heaviest items and stuff your carry-on bag.
Get a Light Suitcase
I once made this mistake. I bought a tactical-style suitcase made extra strong. But it was 15 pounds when empty! (Now I only use this tuff bag for road trips). The less a case weighs, the more stuff you can take with you or bring back. Samsonite makes light-weight hardshell luggage. Swiss Gear makes sturdy, yet light luggage. After all, they are experts at packing a lot of tools in those Swiss Army knives.
If you are traveling to rugged places, wheels snap off or get clogged up. Wheels take up interior space. Wheels on carry-on luggage? Come on! Carry your duffel bag for an extra workout.
Pack Your Shoes
You will need a few pairs of shoes on your trip. Don’t forget running shoes, casual shoes, and dress shoes. They take up a lot of room in your luggage. Put them to work. Roll up socks and stuff them inside.
Bring Along a Pocket-Size Wi-Fi Hotspot
To keep you connected to the internet, buy a Sapphire portable Wi-Fi device. They come with pre-loaded data with coverage in more than 130 countries. No SIM cards are needed. Don’t rely on your smartphone for Wi-Fi when traveling overseas, you could be hit with huge roaming charges and yet be without a secure internet signal when you need it most. Read More.
Use Shower Caps to Cover Your Shoes
Save those shower caps you get in hotel rooms and use them to cover the shoes you pack. You know where those shoes have been! If you wear size 12 or more, use small garbage bags. Use them again for your laundry.
Pack Healthy Snacks in Your Carry-on Bag
Protein bars, like Premier Protein’s peanut butter bar, packs 30 grams of protein. Quest Nutrition has cookies and cream with 21 grams of protein and only 4 grams of net carbs. You will save $20 by avoiding airport vendor prices.
By Greg Michael